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BA (Hons), MBACP. Psychotherapy and CBT

About me

Whether you are looking for short term therapy or require longer, on-going support my aim is to offer you an effective high quality service delivered in an efficient and personable manner. I am currently offering online or telephone sessions.

It can be helpful to talk to someone independent, someone who is outside of your circle of family and friends. Maybe you are feeling distressed or anxious or are struggling with low self-esteem? Or perhaps you just feel as if you have lost your way at the moment? Talking to a professional counsellor can help you process those feelings and emotions and move towards a more contented life.

I will not judge you and I will always work at your pace. My aim is to help and support you in finding your way forward.

I am a qualified psychotherapist providing a professional and confidential service to my clients. I offer a careful balance of support and gentle challenge. I am empathic but focused and will be involved in the process from the very start - this offers you an opportunity to explore your feelings and needs in a supportive and trusting environment.

CBT - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

What I offer

  • A professional and confidential service.
  • A warm, genuine and supportive approach.
  • A non-judgemental attitude.
  • An opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the issues that are causing you concern.
  • Practical tools to help you manage and move forward.

My Approach

I work using a combination of Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) approaches. I believe that this offers you the best of both worlds. You may feel your life has lost meaning and this can lead to depression, stress or anxiety. This can sometimes be due to unhelpful or negative thinking (cognitive) patterns and together we can work on these.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundations of Modern Psychology (University of London)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (University of London)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Oxford)
  • CBT for Depression and Anxiety (University of Reading)
  • Creative Skills in Counselling
  • Couples Counselling

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My private practice is based in Berkhamsted where I also work within a local NHS organisation. In addition to this I also work at a school in High Wycombe (ages 11-18).

Fees

Additional information

For me, a fundamental part of the counselling process is the therapeutic relationship and I strive to establish this as soon as possible. It is important that you find the right counsellor for you and so if you think you might like to work with me please call and we can discuss your needs on the telephone or arrange an assessment.  I really look forward to hearing from you.

Counselling sessions are -

Individual - £60 for 50 minutes

Couples    - £75 for 50 minutes

When I work

I can offer some evening appointments

Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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